Possible changes to the Pet Passport Rules

Unfortunately the Brexit process may cause significant changes to the Pet Passport regulations for dog and cat movement within the EU. Until we know the final outcome of negotations we won’t know the exact effects, however if you plan to travel after 29th March 2019 you should call to discuss any additional certification your pet may need.

What you need to know and do

You will still be able to travel to Europe with your pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of a no deal, you may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with your pet to the EU.

If you are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government will recommend you contact your vet practice at least four months in advance to check what you need to do.

If you wish to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, you should discuss requirements with your vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.

The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that you will need to talk to your vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.

Kennel Cough Alert !

Over the last few weeks we’ve been seeing increasing numbers of dogs brought to the surgery with Kennel Cough, also known as Infectious Bronchitis. This highly contagious cough is picked up during any social contact between dogs and the term ‘Kennel Cough’ can sometimes create confusion, when infected dogs have never been into Kennels.

We generally tend to see an increase in the number of cases over the summer months, as dogs spend longer outside and in the company of other dogs on walks, at agility and dog shows. Also dogs will tend to travel more, spreading infection as they go.

It can be caused by a number of pathogens, but by far the most common cause is a bacteria- Bordetella bronchiseptica. Next most common is a viral cause -Parainfluenza, and then a number of  less significant agents.

There is usually a 1-2 lag between becoming infected and starting to show the classic signs of coughing. In addition to coughing, some dogs may also sneeze or have conjunctivitis. The cough varies in severity, from those only showing a gentle cough, through to those who go off their food, and cough so hard they vomit. It may persist for between 2 and 6 weeks. Dogs may continue to shed the bugs for some weeks after coughing has ceased

Treatment is usually not effective and by far and away the most important control measure, is to get dogs vaccinated before they become affected. Immunity is usually established 4 days after vaccination, and lasts for 1 year

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